Danny Amendola: “Tom Brady is the Patriot Way”

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Danny Amendola is scheduled to be a free agent. He’s far more likely to sign with the Buccaneers than the Patriots.

Appearing on First Things First on FS1, Amendola made clear where he stands on the question of Tom Brady vs. Bill Belichick.

“When you see ‘Patriot Way’ in the dictionary, it’s gonna have Tom Brady’s name next to it,” Amendola said. “None of those coaches threw any passes. None of those coaches caught any passes. None of those coaches made any tackles. They got guys in the right position because they watch a lot of film and spend all their time at the facility. But Tom Brady is the Patriot Way, and that’s the reason why Tom Brady’s in the Super Bowl right now and the Patriots aren’t.”

Of course, Brady likely wouldn’t be in the Super Bowl if he were still playing for the Patriots, because the Patriots simply don’t have the weapons in place that Brady could have elevated to a championship game. Heck, New England possibly wouldn’t have even made the playoffs if Brady had stayed.

But Brady knew to get out, and he knew to pick a place that had the other players who were good enough to get to the Super Bowl. And he helped get them there. And he’s heading for his 10th career Super Bowl. Ten of them.

With no indication that there won’t be an eleventh. Or a twelfth.

28 responses to “Danny Amendola: “Tom Brady is the Patriot Way”

  1. Brady did change Tampa’s culture but the defense demolished Brees and Rodgers and that’s why they are in the SB. If Tampa wins I would not be shocked if JPP going up against Mike Remmers ends up being the SB MVP.

  2. Tom Brady is far better than Cam Newton and their other backups.
    He threw for 1,500 more yards than the entire NE offense. So yeah, give them 3 more wins and the playoffs.

  3. Sorry BB fanboys, Amendola is right. It was TB12, not BB, that won all those Super Bowls. We see how brilliant BB is now that TBs gone. Good luck with Stidham or whoever else next year. BB is playing go fish while everyone else is playing bridge.

  4. Easy to say now Danny this Super Bowl week. Where were you at the beginning of the year? Tom remembers everything.

  5. Wow. Pretty sure it was BB’s idea to pay Danny $28.5 Million bucks with $10 million guaranteed back in ’13 bus sure dump on him when you get a chance.

  6. Amendola hasn’t had many nice things to say about Belichick since he left. I agree that Brady was important but it is impressive Belichick was able to go 7-9 with a QB that only threw 8 TDs, so it will be interesting to see if he can have success with a competent QB. Finding a decent one a good price will be rough even for someone like Bill.

  7. phinfan says:
    February 1, 2021 at 4:31 pm
    Belichick is not the best coach of all time without TB12 he is 0 playoff appearances.

    Uh he was in the postseason the Browns HC.

  8. Thank you Danny..Kobe and Jordan made Phil Jackson the Zen Master..Belichick is a genius because of #12

  9. Amendola and Brady are friends. The Pats had their 1rst losing season in 20 yrs, and no real Pats fans were suprised. 1yr 7-9 reboot. Anyone thinking that Kraft and Belichick won’t have them back very quickly is delusional. I’m rooting for Brady too, but Belichick will be winning NFL gms long after Brady is done.

  10. The “Patriot way” was originally about how the team obtained little known (at the time) free agents who played a key role in the Patriot’s success. Vrabel is a prime example.

    Tom is without a doubt my favorite player, but he had nothing to do with the original concept of the Patriot way. He had way more to do with the Patriot’s success than any other player, but the Patriot way as originally defined was not about a single player – it was about the organization that has been piloted by Belichick.

    I get the sentiment that Amendola is expressing, but the way he’s phrased it is not right.

  11. “the Patriots simply don’t have the weapons in place that Brady could have elevated to a championship game.”

    Bucs win total went way up. Patriots win total went way down.

    Let’s face it, Brady elevated some modest weapon groups to greatness over the years.

  12. BB went 7-9 after losing the goat at qb and the most opt outs of any team. Why can’t it be they were both important? Its not like Brady took the Bengals or Lions to a supe r bowl. He walked onto a team that has explosive players at nearly every spot. They were a competent qb away from a Lombardi before Brady showed up.

  13. I loved Brady in NE but people forgot how he played last year with a mediocre roster instead of a packed one like the one in Tampa. The answer is not very well.
    As for the Belichick haters, you really think Tom would have won 6 rings if he would have been coached by Rex Ryan? Do you think that Tom built those Patriots defences too? And do you think that Belichick would have miss the playoff coaching the Buccaneers this year? This is just as silly that all those Brady-haters and ex-players in the media saying last year that Brady was done. Those haters are pretty quiet these days.

  14. Zing! Always knew Brady was more responsible for Pats success that Belichick. With the rise of Bills and possibly Miami and Jets, watch Belichick living in the cellar. Belichick had a huge benefit of Brady taking less.

  15. If Brady has a game like the 1st half vs Green bay they should win. If he plays like he did in the 2nd half with all those INTs…. lookout !

  16. Belichick put Amendola on the map,and this is how he thanks him? Maybe he’s the one who got into Stafford’s ear about going anywhere but New England.

  17. Amendola spoke his mind,and he has that right,but the “Patriot Way” is not just Tom Brady. Belichick put everyone in a position to win,including him. He put those teams together,so he shouldn’t complain or poison other guy’s minds about playing there. If his beef is about money,he could have simply said “no”.

  18. Yeah I totally disagree with his opinion. He has said some things about BB in the past, and to me is just plain salty! Brady bought into the Belichick way, the Patriot Way. And he helped big time by making sure as the leader to follow the Way and stay course. But it was Belichick that set the tone year after year and he’s to me the Patriot Way. So Danny feels some type of way based how he was treated by BB in his time, but no way Brady is the sole face of the Patriot Way, I give Belichick full credit. Brady was inspired by BB and vice versa.

  19. Translation: I’m still mad Belichick let me walk and I haven’t had any relevance since.

  20. floriosnuts says:

    February 1, 2021 at 4:40 pm
    Wow. Pretty sure it was BB’s idea to pay Danny $28.5 Million bucks with $10 million guaranteed back in ’13 bus sure dump on him when you get a chance.

    The $28.5 was a 5-year deal so an average salary of $5.7 per year. Pretty modest for a dependable, clutch WR.

  21. I loved Brady in NE but people forgot how he played last year with a mediocre roster instead of a packed one like the one in Tampa. The answer is not very well.
    ———-

    He had nobody open.

    Brady willed that team to the playoffs last year.

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